The Vessel

Graphic design: Bielke & Yang
An online magazine about crafts and material culture. Published by Norwegian Crafts

The Vessel is an online magazine about crafts and material culture. The Vessel looks at the world through a craft lens – showcasing making practices, visual expression, and material knowledge from a multitude of perspectives. The first issue of The Vessel, titled Living Archives, was launched 5 November and can be read online here.

Norwegian Crafts was originally set up as an online magazine designed to promote Norwegian craft artists internationally nearly ten years ago. Since then, the organisation’s programming portfolio has grown to include exhibitions, grant schemes, seminars, residencies, and much more. With The Vessel, we hope to entice more people to immerse themselves in craft, making practices and material culture.

The Vessel collaborates with external editors, artists, and writers to make the content of each issue relevant to people from different geographies and backgrounds. Norwegian Crafts opts to recruit new editors for each issue and leave the commissioning of articles and other content up to them.

Read The Vessel here

From the interview 'On Fibre Optic Weaving and the Archiving of Landscape' witha Hilde Hauan Johnsen, written by Hilde Sørstrøm for The Vessel issue 1: 'Living Archives'
Preparing kiekie. From the interview 'Mahi ki te Awa Whanganui – Revival on the Whanganui River' with artist Matthew McIntyre Wilson, written by Isaac Te Awa for The Vessel issue 1: 'Living Archives'

Issue 1: Living Archives

The first issue of the Vessel, titled Living Archives, features interviews with artist and weaver Matthew McIntyre Wilson, artist and Kven crafts practitioner Åsne Kummeneje Mellem, and textile artist Hilde Hauan Johnsen. The issue also includes essays by instrument maker Tāmihana Kātene and writer and photographer Susanne Hætta. The issue focuses on how artists have used archives, museum collections, and knowledge-holders to resurrect endangered making practices, and how these making practices relate to identity, community, and land.

The inaugural issue of The Vessel is edited by curator of the Sámi collection at Norsk Folkemuseum Káren Elle Gaup, collection manager Kaitiaki Taonga at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Cameron Woolford and ceramic artist and associate professor at Oslo Academy of the Arts Marte Johnslien.

Archives and museums are perhaps the first words that come to mind when thinking of the preservation of knowledge. But for us, it was important to extend the concept and to approach the topic of the archive with a holistic perspective, and to look at the role of contemporary crafts in the preservation of knowledge and continuation of traditions.

– Káren Elle Gaup, Cameron Woolford and Marte Johnslien, editors of The Vessel 1

Press release and press images for the launch of The Vessel.

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